Washington Memorial Chapel began as the idea of Rev. Dr. W. Herbert Burk, founder and first preacher at the chapel. Though independent of the park, the chapel grounds along Route 23 are completely surrounded by Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Washington Memorial Chapel


The Chapel was erected as a tribute to George Washington and the entire Continental Army, but it is also an active congregation that happily serves all those who visit the park.



The impressive interior is accented by beautiful stained glass windows and sculptures that depict the heroes of Valley Forge, including George Washington, Anthony WayneAlexander Hamilton and Martha Washington.



Another highlight of the Chapel is the National Patriots Bell Tower, which houses a traditional 58-bell carillon that serenades visitors the park during the summer months.

Washington Chapel Cabin Shop

Cabin Shop

Located directly behind the Chapel in a historic log cabin, the Cabin Shop specializes in unique Revolutionary and Colonial-themed souvenirs, gift baskets, artwork, fine pewter, Byer’s Choice caroler figurines, and homemade baked goods and candies. For the kids, we offer special Colonial toys, books, and other fun and memorable items.
Drop by for a hearty lunch or a quick snack, get to know our volunteer staff, and don’t pass up a piece of our delicious shoo-fly cake.

Washington Memorial Chapel


The Chapel is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a tour schedule that varies by day. You can also visit the Chapel Cabin Shop, also open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The store is located in a log cabin behind the chapel and offers Revolutionary-themed gifts, artwork, books, and lunch fare.

Volunteer Tour Guides & Docents Wanted

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Always had an interest in history and a passion for preserving our Country’s heritage? The Washington Memorial Chapel is looking for Tour Guides/ Docents for our Washington Memorial Chapel Historic Building, Valley Forge Park, Pennsylvania. The Washington Memorial Chapel is a memorial to George Washington and the Patriots who won our independence and freedoms. The Chapel’s inspiring art and gothic architecture communicates America’s spiritual and secular heritage and provides a memorable visitor experience.

Specifically, we are looking for Tour Guides/Docents to perform the following duties:

  • Serve as hosts to welcome visitors and be the face of this beautiful historic structure
  •  Provide visitors with an overview of the art and architecture

Requirements for this role include:

  • An interest in meeting people since visitors come from all over the world
  •  Attendance at an initial one-hour training session (an information booklet will be provided
  • Commit to volunteering four hours a month on a specific day and time of your choosing
  • Ability to comfortably speak with individuals and occasional bus tour groups

Email your interest and contact information to: maria@wmheritage.org

Washington Memorial Heritage Valley Forge
P.O. Box 466
Valley Forge, PA 19481-0466

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